On Saturday, Aug. 17, a very special event will take place on the roads of Hicksville, and the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Long Island Running Club are asking for the cooperation of local residents to help make the event successful and safe.
The inaugural Discover Hicksville 5 Mile Run will start at 5 p.m. at Cantiague Park, and the participants will traverse a loop through northwest Hicksville before returning to Cantiague Park for a post-run barbecue.
What’s in your couch cushions? Spare change? Forgotten toys? The other matching sock? What if the things you found deep down within the couch had the power to change the course of history? That’s the fantastical idea behind Bethpage resident, Henry Clark’s debut young adult novel, What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World.
The book centers on three 12-year-old children who find a discarded sofa on the side of the road near their bus stop. As they begin to search between the cushions, they find a zucchini colored crayon, a double six domino, a mysterious coin, and a fishhook. These seemingly commonplace items soon thrust the friends into an adventure as they try to thwart an evil mastermind’s plan to conquer the world.
Dozens of residents, family and friends recently attended the formal dedication ceremony at Nassau County Veterans Memorial Plaza to view the unveiling of more than 200 names of veterans, past and present, which were added to the expanding Walls of Honor in Eisenhower Park.
The memorial already has hundreds of veterans’ names inscribed, with more added each year, since its unveiling a couple of years ago. It is an ongoing construction; veterans’ names are inscribed on the steel panels, which are mounted to the granite walls and dedicated each June by the Nassau County Veterans Monument Fund, Inc.
All veterans, war or peacetime, are eligible. County residency is not required. To reserve a spot on the Walls of Honor, call 516-804-5802 for a registration form and requirements.
Gordon Connell would scoff at the idea that video games are bad for you. “It gives you that feeling of being a hero,” the 24-year-old said. “The purpose of gaming is to give you that vicarious feeling of something that is really cool in real life, but that you’re not physically doing.”
And living a vicarious lifestyle of saving princesses, throwing people off cliffs and roundhouse kicking, is something the Hicksville High School graduate knows well. For the past seven years he has been competing in video game tournaments all over North America, and he recently traveled to Las Vegas for Evolution 2013 (EVO2013), the biggest fight game tournament of the year.
Assemblyman Michael Montesano recently announced that the Hicksville Free Library, Bayville Free Library, and Bethpage Public Library will be receiving Public Library Construction Grants. The Bethpage and Hicksville libraries are getting $100,000 each to repair its out-of-date lighting system and major building renovations respectively.
“Our libraries provide access to vital information for the public, as well as play host to programs offering culturally enriching opportunities,” said Montesano. “These construction grants will greatly assist in providing the crucial infrastructure repairs our libraries need to continue admirably serving our communities’ needs.”
The Hicksville High School Class of 2013 took their seats on McCormack Field at the start of their graduation with the hum of excitement from family and friends behind them, a podium seating a variety of school administrators and honored guests before them, and a very bright future within their grasp.
“This afternoon we celebrate the outstanding achievements of Hicksville High School’s Class of 2013,” said Principal Brijinder Singh in her opening address. “Dream big and make it your choice to have a great future.”
The Rotary Club of Hicksville-Jericho installed its most recent president, officers and board of directors on July 11. Elizabeth Goldfrank was installed as president by State Legislator Rose Walker. Also installed as officers were Ed Moffett, vice president; Donna Rivera-Downey, secretary; and Gerry Poli, treasurer.
Members of the board of directors installed were Tom Howell, Ennio Lattini Dr. Irwin Gross, James Grossman, William Schuckmann, and Dr. James Bentson.
The Sarah Grace Foundation for Children with Cancer presented “Unrehearsed: A Night of Improv” on June 14 and June 15 at Hicksville United Methodist Church. The show was structured like the popular television show Whose Line is it Anyway? and featured four performers and a host playing a selection of improv games to a very appreciative audience. The show featured the talents of Hicksville residents James Weippert, Michael Pagano, John Ortiz, Potoula Anagnostakos, and host Matthew Waldman.
“The Sarah Grace Foundation is proud to have worked with David Coonan, president of Malverne Community Theatre, who has shared his talent in directing our third theatrical fundraising event,” said Matthew Weippert, president and chairman of The Sarah Grace Foundation. “Fundraising events are critical to The Sarah Grace mission of providing for children with cancer, their siblings and their families; we are extremely grateful to the community that has continued to support our efforts.”
Now celebrating its 11th year in Hicksville, the Street Fair has become an annual staple of summer fun in the community, and Chamber President Lionel Chitty said this year’s event is shaping up to be no different.
The 11th Annual Hicksville Summer Street Fair will be held on Sunday, July 21, at Kennedy Memorial Park (where Route 107 and Jerusalem Avenue meet) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Author Melissa Kuch, a 2001 graduate of Hicksville High School, has just released her first book The Hypothesis of Giants, Book One: The Assumption, the first of a four-part series. The Assumption, the debut novel, is an imaginative young adult book that will transport readers to a fantastical world where giants exist.
“I wanted to make something new for teens, something that was different, something other than vampires,” said Kuch who’s always had a passion for writing. “The young adult genre has always been a favorite of mine. I grew up reading Carolyn Keen, C. S. Lewis and R. L. Stein. Writing The Hypothesis of Giants was the perfect way to meld together my vivid imagination and love for writing.”
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